Various maps developed during the travel analysis process
Meeting schedules, scoping letters, and other collaboration processes.
Documentation of our analysis and decision completed under NEPA
Links to documents and web pages related to road and trail management
Ways you may contact us with your questions, comments, or concerns
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Winter Travel on the Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake, and Sandpoint Ranger Districts
The three northernmost ranger districts of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests (IPNF) make up a unique and varied landscape that offers a variety of recreation opportunities as well as important habitat for many different wildlife species. As large and endless as that landscape seems, it often becomes a focal point for competing interests such as the increasing demand for recreation and the recovery of scarce wildlife species. The challenge for the Forest Service is to find a balance between those interests.
Forest Supervisor Ranotta McNair recently started a review of winter travel for the Selkirk Mountain Range and has asked the public and governmental entities to participate in the process. The end result will be a winter travel plan that analyzes winter travel, recreation use and wildlife habitat needs.
"I am confident that we can find successful ways to protect these important species and still provide a quality winter recreation experience in northern Idaho. It is critical that all interested parties are willing to sit at the table and collaboratively find solutions to balance multiple use of the area."
- Ranotta McNair
The purpose of the plan, known as the Selkirk Mountain Range Winter Travel Plan, is to:
The travel plan will designate a system of roads, trails and areas on National Forest System lands that are open to various types of winter recreational use and will include when and where certain types of travel are limited. A winter travel map will be produced displaying those routes and areas in addition to any seasonal restrictions.
- Update winter travel management in compliance with court orders, laws, regulations, agency policies and the Forest's Land Management Plan direction.
- Provide for recovery of threatened and endangered species and protect sensitive species.
- Designate a winter travel system that considers recreation user needs in balance with forest management objectives for wildlife and other resources.
The National Forest System lands in the Selkirk Mountains of the IPNF are filled with a wide variety of natural resources, including wildlife species that are somewhat unique to this area. They also provide many recreation opportunities and are a valued part of the lifestyle in this region. We want members of the public to collaborate with us as we take a look at winter travel and recreation uses and the needs of wildlife.
For more information on the travel planning process and how you can be involved please use the links provided on the left side of this page.
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Last updated: 11/21/07